Channel 7 News Visits Lincoln School


Why was Hosea Sanders from Channel 7 News at Lincoln today?  Here's the scoop.

Christmas came just a little bit early for students at Lincoln when Chicago Bears Rashaad Coward joined Athletes for Charity at today's gifts give away.  The gifts came courtesy of Athletes for Charity, a group which helps provides extra learning experiences for children in challenged neighborhoods.

"Our kids don't come from backgrounds that they have a lot of things," said Nancy Sharp, Lincoln Elementary principal. "This is a one way to bring in support and activities that they normally do not have."

"Oh we have had things from CPR classes, local professors from IIT Tech have come in to do computer coding, engineering," said Assistant Principal Linda Padilla.

Kindergarteners got to choose their very own books, some for the first time ever.

Older students got Lego kits as a reward for doing well in their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects. Some had never seen Legos.

"I like math," said 10-year-old Tarianna Franklin. "It's pretty easy and I like numbers."

"I want to be a computer programmer for NASA," said 10-year-old Layleh Butler.

That's just what Bears offensive guard Rashaad Coward was hoping to hear. He's a part of Athletes for Charity and he came bearing the gifts
"I got nominated for the NFL PA and I got $10,000 so I was like 'give it to the kids and let them help with anything they need, computers, books even Legos,'" Coward said.

"As a former science teacher, many of our students, by the time they get to high school, they are behind in terms of STEM careers and STEM awareness," said Dee-Etta Wright, East Chicago Superintendent. "This program allows a students to become engaged and aware of it by an early age."

Students like Prince Reaves, who already loves coding.

"It's pretty simple," the 10-year-old said.

This is the first time Athletes for Charity has helped a school in the Chicago area. The program has been highly successful in other cities, like Detroit.

They are hoping to expand to even more local schools in the future, just to let students learn that STEM subjects can be fun.

Story by Hosea Sanders 
from Channel 7 News
December 16, 2019

Rashaad Coward Promotes STEM and Reading

Lincoln's Starbooks is Open for Business


Come and Browse our Books at Starbooks!

Starbooks - Lincoln's New Student Bookstore    

Starbooks is the brainchild of our 5th grade teacher Mrs. Kruit.  She and Mrs. Rodich, our 4th grade teacher, collected monetary donations from the staff and drove all the way to Aurora, Illinois to buy boxes and boxes of gently-used books to stock the shelves of Lincoln School's new bookstore.  Starbooks has books for all  Kindergarten to 6th grade students.  

The bookstore is housed at Lincoln School in room 207 and tickets are being sold to purchase the books.  The cost of each book is only 50 cents.  Money collected from the sales of the books will be used to buy more books.  Parents and students are welcome to come visit the bookstore and browse the hundreds of books waiting to be read.  

Chicago Bears Raashad Coward Teams Up With Lincoln

Raashad Promotes STEM at Lincoln


Athletes for Charity 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rashaad Coward has been named Week 2 NFLPA Community MVP after partnering with Athletes for Charity to launch a STEM and literacy program at Lincoln Elementary School in Indiana

“I am truly honored to be named NFLPA Community MVP,” Coward said. “I was only answering a call to drive out to Indiana to support some of our youngest fans out that way, who root for us every week.”  

On September 17, Coward drove more than an hour south to spend the day with students at Lincoln Elementary and take part in the school’s newest educational program. Along with distributing themed books to the 100 students in attendance, the Bears lineman worked closely with them on various engineering projects.

Coward’s visit was an extension of his service work with Athletes for Charity, a non-profit that partners with sports figures to support the educational development of underserved youth. As a STEM ambassador, Coward has made a commitment to visit Lincoln Elementary once a month so that he can pour back into the students and their program.

“I enjoyed spending time with the kids and talking to them about their favorite STEM subjects and learning about engineering with them,” Coward said. “I am blessed to be in this position and just want to inspire them like other players did to inspire me to pursue my dreams when I was young. I am excited to expose the kids to opportunities I didn't have when I was younger.” 

Lincoln Hosts Spooky Stem Night


It was wet, gloomy and cold outside but inside were happy witches, goblins, and a wide assortment of monsters haunting the halls of Lincoln School on the Eve of Halloween where science and treats were part of the fun.  To view and download pictures, click the following link.


Spooky Stem Night at Lincoln

Lincoln: Chosen for Tree Project

Why are students digging in the dirt?

The students, staff, and tree huggers at Lincoln Elementary School are excited about a new environmental project that is taking place right on our school grounds.  The Student Conservation Association (SCA) CommuniTree Team and Lincoln students began the joyful task of planting 25 native trees to Indiana on Thursday, May 17th. The school will be creating and maintaining their very own arboretum of Indiana Native Trees, a project that will continue down Commonwealth Avenue as a linear Arboretum. In total, over 300 trees will be planted with over 30 species of trees.  Check out the video on the right to see how the digging went.


Can You Say Arboretum?

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